« | »

Gallup: People Do/Don’t Want Electric Cars

Apparently, it’s all just a matter of emphasis. First, we have this version of the USA Today/Gallup Poll from USA Today:

Americans say ‘no’ to electrics despite high gas prices

By James R. Healey, USA TODAY
May 24, 2011

Nearly six of 10 Americans — 57% — say they won’t buy an all-electric car no matter the price of gas, according to a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll.

That’s a stiff headwind just as automakers are developing electrics to help meet tighter federal rules that could require their fleets to average as high as 62 miles per gallon in 2025. And President Obama has set a goal of a million electric vehicles in use in the U.S. by 2015.

The anti-electric sentiment unmasked by the poll shows that pure electrics — defined in the poll question as "an electric car that you could only drive for a limited number of miles at one time" — could have trouble getting a foothold in the U.S.

Such cars "are very much niche vehicles. They find acceptance among a core group of passionistas, but too many questions remain for mainstream consumers," says Edmunds.com CEO Jeremy Anwyl. He says consumers worry about range per charge, recharge time and battery replacement cost. Electrics also are priced thousands of dollars more than similar gasoline cars.

"It’s not for every consumer," says Maurice Durand, spokesman for Mitsubishi…

And yet Gallup itself views the very same poll this way:

In U.S., High Gas Prices May Make Many Get Fuel-Efficient Cars

Roughly 7 in 10 Americans would not move or change jobs, no matter how high prices go

by Dennis Jacobe, Chief Economist
May 23, 2011

PRINCETON, NJ — Americans are most likely to say they would seek vehicles that get better gas mileage if gas prices keep rising but don’t go above the $5-per-gallon range. Americans are second most likely to say they would use mass transit. Seven in 10 Americans would not move and about the same number of workers would not change jobs or quit working, no matter how high prices rise.

Assuming gas prices continue to rise but don’t go above the $5 range, about one in three Americans would seek to replace their current vehicle with one that gets better gas mileage. Another 13% would do so if gas prices rise to at least $6 a gallon but less than $8, but 38% would not do so no matter the price

Here the bad news for the electric car boosters is saved for the ninth paragraph (not counting charts):

Americans are less likely to say they would buy an electric car than they are to say they would buy a more fuel-efficient one if gas prices rise to the $5-per-gallon range. Just 12% say at that price, they would be willing to buy such a car that they could drive only a limited number of miles at one time. Another 10% would make such a purchase if gas prices are in the $6- to $7.99-per-gallon range and another 9% if gas prices reach $8 to $10 per gallon. Still, 57% say they would not buy such an electric car no matter the price of gas

Clearly, Gallup didn’t want to play up the bad news for the ‘greens,’ who seem to believe that electricity just comes out of the wall by magic.

Meanwhile, also from USA Today we have the latest attempt by the administration to ram electric vehicles down our collective throats, whether we want them or not:

Obama directs U.S. agencies to buy electric vehicles

By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY
May 24, 2011

President Obama directed federal agencies Tuesday to move toward buying — by 2015 — only alternative-fuel cars and light-duty trucks and to start with a pilot program of more than 100 electric vehicles.

"More than 100 electric vehicles." That will double their sales right there.

"Diversifying our transportation fleet with hybrids, electric vehicles and other alternative-fuel vehicles is a critical element in President Obama’s long-term plan to break our dependence on foreign oil and invest in America’s growing clean energy economy," Energy Secretary Steven Chu said in the announcement.

And diversity is our strength.

Chu said Obama’s new memorandum will help meet the president’s goal of cutting oil imports by one-third by 2025, putting 1 million advanced vehicles on the road by 2015 and reducing petroleum use 30% by 2020.

General Services Administrator Martha Johnson, joined by Chu and White House Council on Environmental Quality Chair Nancy Sutley, announced the GSA will begin leasing more than 100 EVs to 20 agencies — including the Department of Energy — and will work with them to establish fueling and recharging stations.

That sounds very cost-effective, doesn’t it?

GSA said it requested bids via an open, competitive process and has awarded contracts to Chevrolet, Nissan and Think City vehicles. As its pilot program progresses, it said other companies may bid to become eligible for future purchases.

And never mind that every company that makes electric vehicles just got a contract.

The agency said it doubled the federal hybrid fleet last year without increasing the total number of vehicles, and as a result, saved the equivalent of about 7.7 million gallons of gasoline or 385,000 barrels of oil. DOE said it reduced its overall fleet while expanding its use of electric vehicles.

And exactly how many gazillions of dollars did all of this cost? Funny how the cost for such things is never mentioned.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, May 25th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

12 Responses to “Gallup: People Do/Don’t Want Electric Cars”

  1. Warren says:

    If electric cars are so wonderful the BAKER would still be in production today!

  2. untrainable says:

    Electrics also are priced thousands of dollars more than similar gasoline cars. What similar gasoline cars? What gasoline car only drives 50 miles before needing to refuel or turn around because it’s reached the point of no return on it’s fuel? What gasoline car requires an overnight stay at a gas station to refuel? There are no “simlar” gasoline cars. Apple vs Orange. The fact is that gasoline cars provide a level of freedom and reliability that no electric car can touch. (And we all know that freedom is what’s being quashed here) Without an electric infrastructure comparable to the gasoline infrastructure, no electric car will ever be able compete, and how long will that take? And how much would it cost? And with Obie doing everything he can to destroy the oil and coal industries, exactly where do they think the electricity is going to come from? Windmills?

    I don’t know about you, but my electric bill is already high enough. The thought of having to pay for the daily recharge of a car makes my wallet hurt. No, sorry, it’s just that greenies and the MSM are daily becoming an even bigger pain in the ass.

    • tranquil.night says:

      As you indicated, it’s not about the stated intentions. It’s about total control over individual mobility, a major bulwark of one’s ability to escape economic tyranny in too many ways to count. Controlling the means of energy production as well as transportation is as tantamount to the central planning bureaucratic social engineer as controlling all public services and private wealth generation.

      Ever played SimCity? Liberals are the people who never bothered to learn the game mechanics – they just looked up the cheat codes for infinite money and started building.

    • proreason says:

      “The fact is that gasoline cars provide a level of freedom and reliability that no electric car can touch”

      For you that may be a demerit.

      For Spike, it’s a benefit.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      When one examines all that is possible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.

      It is therefore about power over the people. By consolidating and mandating everyone have electric cars, and providing government-run recharging stations, etc, etc, they are controlling your ability to move around very much.

      Additionally, I’ll put on that old record I like to play about when money is thrown at technology. Indeed, using “Connections” with James Burke, it becomes obvious that technology, though not entirely accidental, doesn’t arrive just by having money thrown at it and everyone being forced to use it. If it’s interior, people will bypass it.

      In other words, and kind of a stretch, if Queen Isabella took her entire amassed fortune, or, let’s say, Britain, Spain, France and Italy all took their collective fortunes and spent it all on, say a moon program in the 1600’s, would they have gotten to the moon in their wooden space ships and so on? The answer is obvious. And all the money would’ve been spent for naught.

      Here we have all this “investment” in technology that not only isn’t ready but is generally a failure as sold to the people of the world. Ask Spain. There is also not enough real estate on this Earth to provide enough ethanol to mix in the gasoline. And, ethanol harms engine components, as well as diminishing engine efficiency. Once again, the government takes something that works and ruins it for everyone.

      There is no way, even if electric cars were FREE, that they would be better than gasoline cars on the basis of range and convenience alone. To say nothing of burning down people’s houses.

      But here’s something that is of great mystery to me and it’s happened often enough to mention. I drive an old Porsche. It’s a great, fun car with a V-8 up front. Yet, I don’t speed….drive aggressively or any of that; It’s just a fun thing to have and I lock the cruise control at the speed limit, etc, etc. However, whenever I’m anywhere near a Prius, it would seem that the driver of that flaming icon of liberalism seems to want to demonstrate (to me, I think) that their uber-efficient, tree-saving, whale-loving, seal-rescuing Toyota can “go fast” and “perform”. I see it a lot. When the light turns green and I’m next to a Prius, I just accelerate calmly, normally, not showy, but the Prius floors it and gets up to 45 or 50 or whatever the speed limit is just as fast as they can. I’ve had them tailgate me. I’ve had them get next to me, the driver glare at me, and then speed off ahead in (I suppose) anger? It’s happened often enough to make me pay attention to it. I find it quite odd, however.

    • untrainable says:

      Rusty, it’s not anger. It’s jealousy. You’re driving a cool car, they’re in a glorified golf cart. If you listen closely the next time, you’ll probably hear their genitals shrinking. That’s why they go out of their way to try to prove that they’re as cool as you. The inferiority complex blooms right before your eyes.

      I can see the scene from later in the movie. Later that evening, as the Prius driver’s house burns to the ground because of faulty wiring or inferior “made in china” battery problems, Rusty drives by calmly in his Porsche, revs the engine, and gives a little salute. Talk about Sweetness and Light.

      meep meep http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RL4wfilTe-o

  3. Astravogel says:

    Just curious, but where is all that gasoline
    saved by the national 55 MPH speed limit
    and other governmental ‘saving’ programs?

    At the bottom of Yucca Mountain?

  4. usmcmgb says:

    “…The agency said it doubled the federal hybrid fleet last year without increasing the total number of vehicles, and as a result, saved the equivalent of about 7.7 million gallons of gasoline or 385,000 barrels of oil. DOE said it reduced its overall fleet while expanding its use of electric vehicles…”

    OK, let’s do some quickmath. They’re claiming they “saved” “385,000” barrels of oil”. This was over the last year supposedly so let’s take the worst case scenario and say they paid $100 a barrel for all 385,000 barrels. That’s a claimed savings of $38,500,000 a fortune to you and I but walking around money for the beltway elites. Does anyone who chooses to be completely honest actually believe that this “doubling” of the hybrid fleet last year costs LESS than $38 mill? Right.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      Hey Marine, the bigger question is where did they save the 385,000
      barrels from. If we are talking about the past year……..was it from the Gulf
      Of Mexico?

    • untrainable says:

      They always talk about how much oil they saved, but they never mention how much more they paid for electricity, which is mostly generated by coal. It’s a shell game, and there is no pea.

  5. canary says:

    The cost of hybrids vehicles out weighs any gas savings.

    Electric cars depending on new windmill grids and the new smart meter grids they swapping to.
    Toxic batteries, electricity prices, and fires…

    I’m sure tornado and flood areas would love electric cars.

  6. Chase says:

    In which Congress do youz think we will we get a bill that creates a punitive tax to anyone who dares buy a fully gasoline-powered automobile…as early as 2018?

« Front Page | To Top
« | »